BMSC Live – Virtual Experiences

Engage your students with BMSC Live – online marine science programming!

Although the BMSC campus is currently closed to students and visitors, you can still experience a virtual field trip; it’s the next best thing to being here!

Our Education Team will be providing online virtual field trips for middle school and high school classrooms, universities, and community groups from September to December, 2020. Choose a subject that aligns with your group’s specific learning needs, and we will create a custom field trip just for you. Popular topics include marine invertebrates, plankton, beach visits, even a ride on the MV Alta. Check out the sample clips below to see some of our past offerings.

Virtual sessions are typically 45-60 minutes in length, and are designed to be interactive and informative, almost like being here! Programs start at $150/session for K-12 and post-secondary schools, and $200/session for private adult groups. If you are a K-12 teacher at a Canadian school, we encourage you to contact to find out if your class is eligible to receive your first show free!


BMSC Live – Gearing up for Fall 2020!

Supported in part by NSERC PromoScience:


Field Trip to Brady’s Beach

Join us for an intertidal exploration of Brady’s Beach!

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Mud monsters from the deeps!

Join us on an Alta Adventure as we dredge from the deepest part of Barkley Sound searching for curious organisms that live in the muddy depths!

Invertebrates expert, Dr. Marjorie Wonham, will be joining us remotely to help identify these unique and rarely seen organisms!

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Life between the tides

This week, #BMSCLive goes to Eagle Bay in search of new creatures! Join us to discover which sneaky animals are hiding under the rocks, beneath the seagrass, or in plain sight, as they wait for the tide to turn.

An early show time of 11:00 am PDT, is because, as many of our past students know, “The Tide Waits For No One”!

Stuck on you! What’s living under the docks?

Join us for a look at subtidal communities. This week, we explore what has settled onto the anchors and lines under our docks. We will take a fish’s eye view by sending a camera under water to observe marine life in its natural habitat.

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Join us as we travel up Grappler Inlet and experience being an oceanographer! Help us collect data for our multi-year study.

Take a look at the Plankton show on our Youtube Channel if you want to discover plankton up close and personal, and find out what happens next!

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Alta adventure on the high seas, Part II!

The BMSC dive team wishes they could take all of you underwater with them but we have the next best thing… Presenting Alta Adventure: Part 2!!!! Using a dredge, we’ll be able to bring all of the neat subtidal species up to the surface so we can show them off through a livestream. Join us to discover lots of unique marine species alongside our marine science educators! Last dredge we focused on the more common organisms; this show will highlight and explore rare species and biodiversity.


Peculiar Plankton!

If you enjoyed our #BMSClive:Plankton show, you’re going to love Plankton Part II – Peculiar Plankton!

While the first show covered the basics of plankton and our more common suspects, this show will uncover the more unusual and rare species!


Alta adventure on the high seas!

Today, we’ll be heading out on the MV Alta to collect some cool creatures from the bottom of the ocean!


Fishy Fun!

Our Marine Science Educators describe the life stories and feeding the fish that live in our display tanks at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.


Interesting Invertebrates!

There’s a whole world of wonder under the water! Join us while we explore the wonderful and wacky world of marine invertebrates


While BMSC remains operational with essential staff, we are exploring opportunities to provide new spring/summer course additions and BMSC Live experiences, offered via online teaching and learning, to provide more students with the opportunity to continue progressing through their programs during these times.